Seating Etiquette: A Guide to Respecting Your Elders

You’re headed to the big homecoming game and everyone is there, but where is your place in this mass of teenage humanity? Where do you sit? Here are the unofficial but important rules of seating at sporting events.

By Lexus Orozco

Once upon a time there was a freshman. This certain freshman attended a football game and spotted a prime front row seat. Just as said fresh-girl or fresh-boy was about to sit down, a senior approached and said “to the back Freshie, you have to earn these spots”. Freshie was a bit embarrassed but sulked up to the next open spot, which was located in the tenth row of the bleachers.

What did that senior mean by saying I have to earn those spots?” Freshie thought.

Here’s what that upperclassman meant:

As seniors of Central High School (or any high school for that matter) we have certain rights that we have earned through a unique four-year set of suffering and experience. One of those rights is sitting front row at all sporting events. Senior Nate Johns confirms by saying “we have had to sit in the back before, we’ve worked our way up, we’ve earned it”. Seniors in the front, juniors behind them, sophomores next and then freshmen. That’s how it is and that’s how it always has been.

Another important reason the seniors sit up front is to lead the cheers. We all have mental lists of the coolest chants; ranging from the cobbler train to the rollercoaster. Do you know how hard it’d be to lead a crowd from the very back? Let me spare you the thinking and tell you that it is extremely hard. If the crowd isn’t pumped, the team isn’t pumped, ultimately leading to a loss and we all don’t want that.

As fourth year students (and last year) we’ve taken the most amount of tests, dealt with the most annoying classmates, and busted our butts through the most years of grueling sports. We’ve been through it all and our greatest desire at the end of the day is to be able to stand in the front row, decked out in our spirit armor, cheering for our school that has been home to us for a few long years now.

Alas, my Freshie, you should not worry. Each year you’ll creep closer and closer towards the front, each change in your school ID color earning you a spot. One day your feet won’t be resting on more bleacher, but atop sweet, sweet hardwood basketball court or leaning against the fence of the bleachers at football games. Maybe then you freshmen will understand our diagnosis of senioritis and our deep need to absorb every action-packed second of our last year of high school before we must pack-up and depart for our adulthood.

So the next time you find yourself at a game and a senior asks you politely to move to the back, do it. Don’t take it offensively, it’s just a right of passage.